About Dilworth

boys walking down a school hallway

Dilworth School was founded in accordance with the terms of the Will of early Auckland farmer and businessman, Irish-born James Dilworth who died in 1894. The endowment was to be used to fund a boarding school for students from good families whose circumstances may prevent them from fulfilling their full potential.

Over a century later, his remarkable legacy has provided more than 5,000 students with a life-changing scholarship that includes free tuition, boarding, uniforms, sports fees and music tuition. 

Dilworth has three campuses in Auckland: the Junior Campus houses our Year 7 and 8 students, Years 9 to 13 are located at the Senior Campus, and all of our students will visit our Mangatāwhiri Campus annually, for varying durations.

Supporting the development of the whole student is an integral part of the Dilworth experience. Students are offered a multitude of opportunities, a strong pastoral care system and quality teaching.

The modern boarding school environment provides a wonderful platform for the building of relationships and rapport between students. The sense of belonging and unity is very strong.

Christian faith is central to all parts of school life.

Our Vision

To develop young men of good character, achieving personal excellence, who flourish in life.


Our Values

Respect: To treat with courtesy; to honour, to care about yourself, others and the environment.

Love your neighbour as yourself.
Mark 12:31

Excellence: To apply and challenge yourself to be your best in all areas.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Philippians 4:8

Integrity: To be honest, reliable and to do the right thing no matter what the circumstance or consequence.

We do what is right not only in the Lord’s sight but in the sight of others.
2 Corinthians 8:12

Service: To use one’s strengths and abilities for the benefit of others.

Do not withhold good from those whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27

Compassion: To help, empathise with, care about and embrace differences.

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.
1 Peter 3:8